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Catrakilis steals the show

Published 09/05/2015

Nic White back in action for Brumbies
Nic White back in action for Brumbies

Demetri Catrakilis kicked 20 points as Stormers leapfrogged Brumbies into second place in the Super 15 with a 25-24 victory in an ill-tempered clash at Newlands.

Catrakilis , who will join former Springbok coach Jake White at French club Montpellier next season, slotted five penalties, a drop-goal and a conversion to give his side the edge.

The Brumbies, who were boosted by the return of Wallaby scrum-half Nic White, outscored their hosts by two tries to one and will look back in frustration at a kick from Christian Lealiifano which struck an upright and bounced back out.

The visitors led 16-6 after half-an-hour thanks to a 14th-minute try from Joe Tomane, who picked up a loose ball to race over from halfway, two penalties from Lealiifano and a 52-metre effort from Jesse Mogg.

Catrakilis closed the gap to a single point before Brumbies were reduced to 14 men with Jordan Smiler sent to the sin bin by referee Stuart Berry for a dangerous tackle on Schalk Burger.

Stormers made the most of their man advantage as Burger powered his way over on 61 minutes for a try that put his side back in front.

The boot of Catrakilis enabled the South Africans to extend their lead to 25-19 but the drama continued as David Pocock peeled off the back of the maul to score his side's second try.

Lealiifano's conversion attempt hit the woodwork, however, and Stormers hung on for the victory.

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